AE Staff

Ann Talbott Brown

Director of Arts Education or 615-532-5939

Ann Talbott Brown, Director of Arts Education, joined the Tennessee Arts Commission in 2009. She manages seven grant categories, two arts integration programs, a statewide arts education conference, Poetry Out Loud, and the Teaching Artist Roster. She has served as a panelist or reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts, National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards, and Kentucky Arts Council.

Before joining the Commission, Ann worked with the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Willamette Valley Music Festival, Southern Illinois Music Festival, and university arts programs in Oregon and Illinois. Before that, she served as a licensed K-12 music educator. Her interests are in supporting state arts leaders to improve policy and practice and increasing opportunities for educators and students through professional development and grants.

Ann holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Southern Illinois University and a Master’s degree in Arts Administration with a certification in Nonprofit Management from the University of Oregon.

Meredith Callis

Arts Education Special Projects Coordinator or 615-532-5934

Meredith Callis joined the Tennessee Arts Commission in October 2017. She has worked in Arts Education for six years, teaching under various education grants and developing arts integration resources for students across Hamilton County. While in Chattanooga, Meredith also worked as an Educator under Usher Raymond’s Nancy Lakey Community Education Fund, which provides art lessons and supplies to Hamilton County public schools. She specializes in collaborating with public school faculties to implement effective arts integration and sustainable creative programs within the classrooms.

Previously Meredith worked at the Children’s Art Centre in Boston, MA, America’s first and oldest public fine arts museum designed exclusively for children. There, she designed arts lessons along with guided trips and museum experiences for the students of the Boston’s historic United South End Settlements. Meredith holds a Bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Development with an emphasis in Art Education from the University of Tennessee. She is also a 2016 graduate of the Holmberg Institute, a program designed by ArtsBuild in Chattanooga to develop emerging arts leaders as arts advocates.